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Reviewed by Bryone Peters for Readers' Favorite
My Name is Luke by Jim Ruddle is about a young boy caught in the middle of an unfortunate trip out at sea on a bad day. It all starts when he is awakened on his grandpa’s moored boat by the movements of two men who steal it, believing no one is aboard. They find themselves in very rough and stormy seas. The boy reluctantly becomes one of the crew members to save himself and proves to be a worthy sailor. Together, the trio battles fierce winds and waves and collectively uses their seafaring knowledge to the best of their abilities. A storm of internal conflict hits Luke like the raging storm outside as he tries to deal with the odds of him surviving the ordeal.
There’s some general light-hearted conversation at the beginning where Jim Ruddle uses humor in a tongue-in-cheek way. It is made possible from the viewpoint of the youthful protagonist, Luke. He innocently points out certain aspects of life - all confusing but funny to the reader who understands why! However, the best part starts on the boat when Luke realizes something is wrong. Jim Ruddle succinctly describes the small boat’s movement and equipment in response to the harsh elements. There are some funny moments depicted in the rhetorical questions and amusing dialogue. For instance, when Luke speaks his mind to one of the men that got under his skin. If you enjoy reading about action at sea, then My Name is Luke by Jim Ruddle will be an enjoyable read for you.